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Motorola wants to make smartphone to be "shatterproof"

  • Author:Abby
  • Release on:2015-11-02

Motorola’s new Droid Turbo 2 is said to have a “shatterproof” display, though it is not likely to shatter cement in real world usage 

Motorola's new Droid Turbo 2 has been generating some online buzz thanks to its much-touted “shatterproof display,” which is the result of an innovation the company is calling “Moto ShatterShield.” The phone looks similar to other recent Motorola releases in the Moto X line. However, the Droid brand is exclusive to Verizon in the US, making it the first carrier to get a phone with a ShatterShield display. This is the kind of exclusive edge US telecom companies look for to lure in new subscribers.

The ruggedness of the display is impressive. CNNMoney put it through the works, even having it crushed under a horse’s hoof, and though the phone came out with dents in the screen, it never shattered. However, the screen is not perfect. Ars Technica notes that the display takes a hit in clarity because of its “5 layers.” The article says that display improvements made with the introduction of bonded glass and display panels are discarded for the sake of building a more durable smartphone. The risk averse might appreciate the tradeoff, but not everyone will warm to the idea.

Still, this represents a new means of phone differentiation. Many flagship devices in the Android world are getting harder to tell apart. They tend to look very similar and perform the most common smartphone tasks admirably. Android 5.0 also started to standardize certain aesthetic elements to make the OS experience more unified across different customized builds. A more durable smartphone display is certainly one way to stand out from the crowd. Motorola will likely bring this feature to other phones in other markets in the future, and it is only a matter of time before manufacturers start looking for ways of producing similarly durable smartphones.